Dec 8, 2013 — The secretary of defense is trying to shore up alliances in both regions. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Larry Abramson about Chuck Hagel's trip to visit troops in Afghanistan and his next stops in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Dec 4, 2013 — In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England, but recently returned to his homeland, where he is trying to readjust to — and change — life in a conservative society.
Nov 30, 2013 — Afghanistan is a poor country with very expensive weddings. There is no alcohol, the sexes are completely segregated, and the families may negotiate over the dowry right up to the last minute.
Nov 29, 2013 — The strike also killed a militant, the U.S.-led international coalition says. The deaths come as the two countries negotiate a bilateral security pact that would keep up to 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdraws its combat forces by the end of next year.
Nov 28, 2013 — Should the Afghan government sign a security agreement, the U.S. plans to keep as many as 9,000 American troops in Afghanistan even after the U.S. and NATO's combat mission officially ends late in 2014. But the remaining U.S. troops will almost certainly be outnumbered by civilian contractors.
Nov 28, 2013 — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has long been an enigma to U.S. policymakers. He's been known to praise and bury the U.S., his primary benefactor, in the same sentence. But his latest burst of intransigence over the security agreement with the U.S., and his defiance of the Loya Jirga that he called for, has both Afghans and Westerners in Kabul wondering if there is any method to the madness.
Nov 26, 2013 — The U.S. wants to nail down a security deal that would allow a limited number of troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. But American officials say the Afghan president keeps making new demands and could put the deal in jeopardy.
Nov 26, 2013 — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said for months that the traditional gathering of tribal elders was necessary to sign off on a security agreement that would keep thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014. The 2,500 Loya Jirga delegates resoundingly approved the deal and called on Karzai to sign it as soon as possible.
Nov 26, 2013 — Afghan President Hamid Karzai is delaying a decision on whether to sign a key security deal with the U.S. that would allow American troops to stay in the region. Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, who now serves as the Chair of the Center for American Progress, talks to Steve Inskeep about what could happen if the deal isn't signed before 2014.
Nov 24, 2013 — Afghanistan's Loya Jirga resoundingly approved an agreement to allow up to 9,000 U.S. troops to stay in the country after the NATO mission ends next year. But President Hamid Karzai said he won't sign the deal, at least, not yet.